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Great Martingale Collars Made From Hemp

One of Kobi’s favorite styles: Wilson

I’ve been meaning to write this post about Earthdog martingale collars forever! Kobi has been wearing Earthdog collars for years and we love them!

What sparked the initial need to look for a non-synthetic collar was that Kobi has a lot of allergies and seemed to be bothered by nylon and other materials commonly used for collars. He would scratch at a lot of collars, but once we tried the Earthdog collars, Kobi seemed really comfortable in them. He’s also only 20 lbs and some of the leather collars seemed a bit too heavy / thick.

Another favorite style: sage

I also really like a Martingale collar because of the control it gives you over your dog. A martingale collar is made with two loops. The larger loop is slipped onto the dogs neck and a lead is then clipped to the smaller loop. When the dog tries to pull, the tension on the lead pulls the small loop taut, which makes the large loop smaller and tighter on the neck, thus preventing escape. Properly fitted, the collar will be comfortably loose when “not in use” or alternatively…if your dog is going along with where you want to go, it will be comfortably loose.

Many Martingale collars are made with chain, which I don’t like with my smaller dog (Kobi is a 19 lb Havanese). Over time the Earthdog hemp collars will get quite soft, but due to the construction of the Martingale collar, it will still get tighter around the neck when Kobi isn’t interested in going in the direction I’m planning to go. However, it’s not as harsh or extreme as a Martingale collar with chain.

On top of all that goodness, Earthdog products are handmade in Nashville, TN, USA. The collars come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Best of all, Kobi loves his collar. Post bath or post brushing – he’s very happy to have his collar put back on and comes over tail wagging when I bring it out.

Safe Paw Ice Melter – a Pawfect Solution

safe paw ice melterRock salt and chemical ice melters can cause sores, infections and blistering on your dog’s paws. Toxic chemicals can also be ingested by your dog when he licks his paws. So many dogs are wearing dog boots because of the salt used to melt the ice on the sidewalks, paths and roads. However, a lot of our dogs don’t like or won’t wear dog boots.

We recently came across this product and thought “what a great solution”! Wouldn’t it be great if we all used a Safe Paw Ice Melter. While your city might not spend the money to purchase this, at least you can make it better on your own property (or where you have real estate influence). According to Gaia Enterprises, Safe Paw Ice Melter is 100% salt-free and is guaranteed to be pet and child safe.

How Safe Paw Ice Melter Works

Safe Paw ice melterSafe Paw’s pellets are green to make it easy to distinguish it from rock salt and salt-based ice melters. Safe Paw Ice Melter is a dual-effect compound made of a modified crystalline amide core infused with special glycol admixture and traction agents. This composition gives Safe Paw a two-way timed released action. The liquid component starts melting ice instantly while breaking surface tension. This allows the crystal-core to penetrate and destabilize ice which speeds up melting and the traction agent provides slip protection.

safe pawsWe were surprised to read that unlike other products, Safe Paw attracts solar heat to provide extra melting-power during daylight hours.

Once Safe Paw has melted the ice and snow, it leaves an invisible shield that prevents ice from sticking to surfaces for up to 3 days. Apparently, this teflon effect makes shoveling easier.

Stay warm and good luck with the snow storms!

Pet & Earth Friendly Grooming with Earthbath

earthbath dog bathWe’re big fans of Earthbath products! We first discovered Earthbath when we were looking for a hypo-allergenic shampoo for our dog, Kobi, who has a lot of allergies. He’s even allergic to several trees and grass varieties so we needed to avoid tea tree ingredients as it appeared that post-shampooing with a tea tree based product also made him itchy. Tea tree is a helpful ingredient for other dogs and people (I use it myself), it just doesn’t work for our dog.

earthbath hypo shampooWhat turned us on to Earthbath products is that they are totally natural, non-toxic, paraben free, phthalate free, and phosphate free. Their products are also soap-free and pH balanced to be ultra-mild on your pet’s skin. In addition, Earthbath products are cruelty free and contain no animal ingredients or by products. They’re also made in the USA with human-grade ingredients and pure essential oils.

Here’s an offer from Earthbath regarding their products that we’ve rarely seen from other companies: “If you are not completely satisfied for any reason, simply send the unused portion along with purchase receipt and a quick note telling us why, and we’ll send you your money back.” That’s a pretty strong sign they really back their products.

dog bathWe started using their Hypo-Allergenic shampoo and it’s been great! There are a few bonus qualities to this product. It’s tearless, ultra mild, green clean, 100% biodegradable and it will not wash off topical flea applications(e.g. Frontline, Advantix). And most importantly, it gets our white dog really clean with no itchy side effects. We also use Earthbath Hypo-Allergenic Grooming Wipes after walks with Kobi on the streets of NYC.

earthbath newRecently Earthbath came out with a line of new products including eye wipes, ear wipes, facial wipes and tooth & gum wipes. We’re testing the

Earthbath Eye Wipes

and so far we’re quite pleased. Kobi has a white coat and can get tear stains. The eye wipes are hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free for safety. We also love the smooth stylish compact container the eye wipes come in.

Earthbath also sent us 4 other products that we gave away to 4 different Dogsized Fans. Here they are:

earthbath facial wipesEarthbath Facial Wipes – Hypoallergenic

Totally natural & hypo-allergenic Earthbath facial wipes offer a quick, convenient & safe way to clean away dirt, boogies, dander and drool from your dog’s face. Use on the go or at the tail end of a bath. No more shampoo in the eyes, no more water in the snout, because there’s no need to rinse after washing with these gentle, pH-balanced wipes designed specifically for use on and around the face, eyes & mouth. Formulated for use on all breeds and effective on breeds with folds such as Bull Dogs, Pugs, & Shar-Peis.

earthbath ear wipesEarthbath Ear Wipes

Earthbath Ear Wipes are a fast, convenient way to keep your dog’s ears free of wax and discharge which can cause infections and odor. Earthbath wipes contain witch hazel, a natural cleanser and astringent, plus a sumptuous mix of nature’s finest plant extracts with gentle therapeutic and deodorizing properties. Naturally fragrance-free. It also comes in a smooth stylish compact container.

earthbath toothEarthbath Tooth & Gum Wipes

Earthbath Tooth and Gum Wipes are the easy and convenient solution to keeping your pet’s mouth clean from plaque, tartar and odor-causing bacteria. Their totally natural formula is free of parabens, alcohol, and other nasties that don’t belong in your pet’s mouth. Use daily for best results. It also comes in a smooth stylish compact container.

earthbath grooming wipes teaEarthbath Grooming Travel Wipes

Just toss in your car or purse and go! Use Earthbath Travel Wipes with Green Tea Leaf Extract to safely and easily wipe away dirt and odor between baths. Handily clean pets’ dirty paws and undercoat. Dirty bottoms too! Remove dander, drool, discharge and cling- ons from playing in the unknown. Mild cleansers freshen and deodorize as the anti-oxidant properties of Green Tea Leaf Extract protect from environmental damage. Hawaiian Awapuhi conditions coat and imparts a healthy shine while Aloe Vera and Vitamin E moisturize coat and skin.

Top 4 Environmentally Friendly Dog Brands

While some may not consider it style, we definitely think that environmentally friendly dog brands and products are chic! This doesn’t mean that your dog needs to live in a burlap sack! Here are our Top 4 Environmentally Friendly Dog Brands:

earthbath new

1. Earthbath

We love Earthbath grooming products! We recently highlighted their new Earthbath Shed Control Shampoo and Conditioner. Last year we also reviewed some of their other products.  Earthbath products are totally natural, non-toxic, paraben free, phthalate free, and phosphate free. They’re also cruelty free and contain no animal ingredients or by products. You’ll find they are stamped with the “green clean” logo.

For Bigger Messes

2. Earth Rated

Earth Rated Poop Bags are all natural and corn-based compostable. They have a super cute environmentally friendly green dispenser and their cores and packaging are made of recycled materials. Their green-colored bags have an additive that allows them to breakdown, unlike traditional plastic bags. Their white-colored bags are made from renewable resources with no additives, allowing for faster decomposition.

West Paw

3. West Paw Design

From constructing an eco-friendly, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bozeman, Montana, to creating near-zero-waste dog toys, West Paw Design is seriously environmently friendly! Their dog products products are BPA and phthalate-free, non-toxic and FDA compliant. Their manufacturing practices use earth-friendly-materials (e.g. hemp and organic cotton) while minimizing waste (currently as low as 2.4%)! WPD is also a B Corp.

ABO Gear

4. Aussie Naturals/ABO Gear

ABO Gear originally started as an outdoor life gear company, in 2008 they launched their Aussie Naturals brand to create green and earth friendly pet gear. It was inspired as they saw too much synthetic and man-made gear in the marketplace. By using: jute, wool, cotton, coconut fiber, natural gum rubber and leather in their products, they are ensuring a long and healthy eco sustainable future. They have a wide range of products from dog outdoor gear to water buffalo horn dog treats. The Aussie Naturals IndestructaBALL made it on our Top 3 Tough Dog Toys list.